Do you know the famous and one of the most expensive wines from China "Ao Yun" means “flying above the clouds”, a reference to the clouds that cap the summits of the surrounding mountain chains.
Situated on the banks of the Mekong River, the region harbors fabulous potential for producing wine, a remote little corner of paradise nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, not far from the legendary city of Shangri-La. Located in the villages of Adong, Xidang, Sinong and Shuori at the foot of the sacred Meili mountain, Ao Yun vineyards range in altitude from 2,200 to 2,600 meters, enabling the cabernet sauvignon grape to express the full refinement of this unique terroir. Local farmers have worked these lands for centuries, adapting their farming techniques to the steep mountainsides. To respect time-honored local tradition, the grape harvest and winemaking are done entirely by hand. The Ao Yun terroir enjoys exceptional climatic conditions, with temperatures similar to those of Bordeaux.
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Sight: intense dark ruby color, with a slightly purple rims..
Nose: intense, cooked-black currants, ripe blueberries , stewed plums, vanilla and a hint of liquorice.
Palate:dry, with high youthful and fresh acidity, velvety tannins and full body.
the palate is confirming the nose just some more dark chocolate and tobacco leaves are coming through.
Alcohol is quite high 15,5 Vol% but well integrated ..
Tasted @Naturhotel Forsthofgut
Photocredit: Jasmina Angelini